Does being a free spirit mean the person is irresponsible or does it mean someone who is eager to take a leap of faith? In my opinion, it’s the latter not the former. A free spirit doesn’t know exactly where a choice of path will end up but takes a chance on following her or his heart. I call this informed, intuitive action.
It’s important that I label it “action” and not “thinking”, because everyone thinks and analyzes situations. The free spirit takes unorthodox, curious thoughts then follows through. She has a deep yearning to throw caution to the wind and is ready to experience the unknown. This is not to say she doesn’t feel some anxiety or fears around outcomes succeeding or failing. It’s just that she doesn’t want to suffer regrets later in life for not having lived to her heart’s content.
Life today is full of people whose goals are to abridge our dreams, possibilities, and liberties. A free spirit does not submit to such cranky, controlling killjoys. The truly free person embraces the beautiful, carefree, playful aspects of his nature without acting irresponsibly. The free spirit knows he can live up to his full potential by opening up his senses of curiosity and wonderment.
A free spirit’s proverb might be, “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.” He is not overly analytical about opportunities. When he receives a favor or falls into auspicious circumstances, he’s grateful and does not wish for more, based upon superficial appearances. He takes the horse and enjoys the journey.
A free spirit may fear the unknown but does not want to get stuck in inaction. Although she may feel the urge to control everything, she mindfully lets go in order to discover what the path has in store for her. Taking another step forward she wonders what lesson comes next. The mindfulness factor helps to prevent her actions from being too risky. Recklessness does not equal free spirited. Causing harm to others and oneself is not in the equation.
There is a good amount of playfulness and spontaneity in the free spirited lifestyle. The free spirit cranks up the stereo and dances a jig in the living room as if nobody is watching. Living this way at home becomes ingrained in the personality. Soon, the free spirit becomes less private and more open about living joyfully.
While the free spirit is thought of as an archetype, he is actually part of who we all are in our heart of hearts. He’s that inner child, the playful rascal who is carefree and daring. The free spirit wants to find out if there is treasure in the unknown. The free spirited person takes an informed chance and is eager to find out what happens next.
The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes singer-songwriter, Halsey. “I’m a human, and I’m multidimensional. If I was the perfect form of anything, I’d be boring. If I was a free spirit all the time, I would be boring; I would lack depth. If I was dark and enigmatic all the time, then I would lack relatability.”